We’re reading Jan Karon’s The Trellis and the Seed. (It has a free lapbook to accompany it, if you’re interested.) In this gently told parable, Jan Karon tells a story of patience, of the special rewards that come from being a little bit different from everyone else, and of the courage to believe in oneself. In a picturesque and secluded garden, a tiny seed sits in thrilled anticipation of its destiny as a powerful vine, twisting and flowering through the white latticework trellis. But how could such a small seed ever thrive and grow into a strong, healthy, grown-up plant? “Don’t worry,” Mother Earth says. “God has planned something beautiful for you.” But time passes, and the little seed doesn’t believe it. Beautifully illustrated and filled with faith and love, The Trellis and the Seed is Jan Karon at her very best-an inspiration for all ages and an important lesson on God’s love for all creatures great and small.
We carefully pulled apart the leaves and checked out how the plant gets its nutrients by capillary action. There is a fantastic Young Scientists’ kit that demonstrates capillary action through multiple experiments. For a quick & easy show, though, you can stick a celery stalk into a glass with blue or red food coloring – leave it overnight and watch the magic as the stalk turns colors!
- Celery Osmosis experiment
- The Trellis & the Seed (& lapbook)
- Botany lapbook
- The Magic School Bus Plants Seeds
- The Magic School Bus DVD set (lots of plant episodes amid the mix)
- The Great Plant Escape (interactive game)
- Basic Parts of Plants
- Plant Diagramming Aids
- Plant Life Cycle cards
- Flower Anatomy
- Plant Life Cycle Pack
- 4 pots
- 1 jar with a lid
- 5 healthy plants (same size & kind)
- potting soil
- paper & crayons
- Put one plant in a jar, with soil, and put the lid on it. Label it “No Air.”
- Put a plant into a pot with no soil. Label it “No Soil.”
- Put a plant into a pot with soil and label it “No Sun.” (Keep it in the dark)
- Put a plant into a pot with soil and label it “No Water.” (Give it sun, but no water)
- Put a plant into a pot and label it “Soil, Sun, Water, and Air.” (Give it all four)
- Keep track of your plants’ growth for 7-10 days. Note any changes.
- What did you learn about plant needs?